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Android is Google’s mobile operating system, launched in September 2008, although its history technically began with the release of the Android alpha in November 2007.

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Android Q will include more ways for carriers to SIM lock your phone

Since last week’s leak, it’s been clear that Android Q is going to include some positive changes for Android going forward, like system-wide dark mode and new permissions settings. Unfortunately, it’s not all good things coming in Android Q, as new code changes show that network carriers will have more ability to lock your phone down to specific networks via your SIM card.

Android Stories January 19

“Time well spent” has turned into a hot topic over the past couple of years, and it was one of the most anticipated features for Android Pie. Unfortunately, Google restricted it’s Digital Wellbeing tools its own Pixel devices and Android One. Now, the developer of Action Launcher has provided a solution that works on any Android phone with ActionDash.

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In this week’s top stories: we got an early, leaked look at Android Q with system-wide dark mode, saw Android Pie arrive for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and witnessed a surprise early review of the Google Pixel 3 Lite.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Android Stories January 18

ES File Explorer has fixed a security vulnerability that let attackers steal files off of your phone

If you’ve been using Android for a while, you’ve probably used your fair share of file explorers. One of the best for a long time was ES File Explorer, but over the past few years, it’s turned into a buggy, ad-filled mess that’s basically unusable without the Pro upgrade. Now, it’s been revealed that the app has housed a security vulnerability for quite some time.

The ability to show speed limits is a highly requested feature for Google Maps, but it’s never seen a wide rollout. After going live for the Bay Area as far back as 2016, it seems we’re finally seeing an expansion to a few more areas around the United States.

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Android Stories January 17

With more and more manufacturers creating “gaming” phones, and heavy hitters like Fortnite arriving on Android, it makes sense that Google would want to support developers any way they can. To that end, it seems Google is working on its own “Android Game SDK” based on Vulkan and the Android NDK.

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